Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking Methodology

These historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were compared only with one another for these rankings. In order to be on the list, a school must be designated currently by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU. To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first year, first-time students and must be a school that is currently part of the 2014 Best Colleges rankings.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,573 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,369 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,287
Setting:
city
#25 Overall Score:

Fayetteville State University was established in 1867 as a public institution. Fayetteville State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,888 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$14,576 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
#25 Overall Score:

A public institution, Jackson State University was founded in 1877.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,858 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,458 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
2,296
Setting:
city
#25 Overall Score:

Kentucky State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,296, with a gender distribution of 41.1 percent male students and 58.9 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,096 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,096 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,208
Setting:
rural
#29 Overall Score:

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is a public institution. Alcorn State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,226 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,696 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,367
Setting:
urban
#29 Overall Score:

Norfolk State University is a public institution. The school has 50.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

Tuition and fees:
$9,500 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
666
Setting:
urban
#29 Overall Score:

Philander Smith College

Little Rock, AR

Philander Smith College was established in 1877 as a private institution. Philander Smith College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,998 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,504 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,758
Setting:
rural
#29 Overall Score:

A public institution, University of Maryland--Eastern Shore was founded in 1886. University of Maryland--Eastern Shore offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 2 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,784 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,662 (2013-14)
Setting:
suburban
#33 Overall Score:

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is a public institution. Virginia State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

Tuition and fees:
$14,410 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
3,486
Setting:
city
#34 Overall Score:

Bethune-Cookman University

Daytona Beach, FL

Bethune-Cookman University is a private institution that was founded in 1904. The school has 48.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Bethune-Cookman University is 17:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,710 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$11,930 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
2,116
Setting:
rural
#34 Overall Score:

Central State University

Wilberforce, OH

Central State University was established in 1887 as a public institution. Central State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,080 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,984 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
3,250
Setting:
rural
#34 Overall Score:

A public institution, Fort Valley State University was founded in 1895. Fort Valley State University offers a Greek system, where 0.5 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1.5 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,720 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$15,656 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,130
Setting:
urban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, was founded in 1867 by freed slaves. Notable alumni from ASU include Fred Gray, the attorney who defended Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,912 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,816 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
3,803
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Albany State University is a historically black school in Albany, Ga. Freshmen are required to live on campus, unless they commute from a nearby home.

Tuition and fees:
$11,940 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
672
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Allen University

Columbia, SC

Allen University is a private institution that was founded in 1870. The student-faculty ratio at Allen University is 13:1.

Tuition and fees:
$7,800 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Arkansas Baptist College

Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Baptist College was established in 1884 as a private institution. Arkansas Baptist College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,564 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$10,536 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,935
Setting:
rural
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, WV

A public institution, Bluefield State College was founded in 1895. Bluefield State College offers a Greek system, where 4 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,820 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$13,092 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,224
Setting:
suburban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,224, with a gender distribution of 48.7 percent male students and 51.3 percent female students. At this school, 58 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,076 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$10,010 (2013-14)
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Coppin State University

Baltimore, MD

Founded in 1900, Coppin State University is a public institution. Coppin State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,273 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$13,643 (2012-13)
Setting:
rural
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Grambling State University is a public institution that was founded in 1901.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,110 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$9,648 (2012-13)
Setting:
urban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Harris-Stowe State University was established in 1857 as a public institution. Harris-Stowe State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

Tuition and fees:
$11,020 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

A private institution, Huston-Tillotson University was founded in 1875.

Tuition and fees:
$9,180 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,512
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Lane College

Jackson, TN

Lane College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,512, with a gender distribution of 49.1 percent male students and 50.9 percent female students. At this school, 61 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,255 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$10,741 (2012-13)
Setting:
rural
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Langston University

Langston, OK

Founded in 1897, Langston University is a public institution. Langston University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

Tuition and fees:
$10,538 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,078
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

LeMoyne-Owen College

Memphis, TN

LeMoyne-Owen College is a private institution that was founded in 1862.

Tuition and fees:
$15,708 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,111
Setting:
city
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Livingstone College

Salisbury, NC

Livingstone College was established in 1879 as a private institution. Livingstone College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered least selective.

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